Andorra la Vella

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This card comes from Rosa who lives in Lleida, Spain. 🙂

Andorra la Vella is the capital of the Principality of Andorra, and is located high in the east Pyrenees between France and Spain. It is also the name of the parish that surrounds the capital. As of 2011, the city has a population of 22,256, and the urban area, which includes Escaldes-Engordany plus satellite villages, has over 40,000 inhabitants. The principal industry is tourism, although the country also earns foreign income from being a tax haven. Furniture and brandies are local products. Being at an elevation of 1,023 metres (3,356 ft), it is the highest capital city in Europe and a popular ski resort.

 

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Sant Joan de Caselles

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My very first card from Andorra comes from Ana. Such a lovely card from such a rare country. I was jumping for joy when I received it! 😀

Sant Joan de Caselles is one of the major tourist attractions in Canillo, Andorra. Also known as the Church of Sant Joan de Caselles, it is a fine example of the Andorra Romanesque architecture. The church was built between the 11th and 14th centuries. It is the tallest church-tower of Andorra. Inside there are the remains of a stucco Romanesque Majesty of the 12th century surrounded by a mural pictorial scene representing the crucifixion with Longinus and Stephanus accompanied by the Sun the Moon. Behind the altar grill there is a 16th century altarpiece of great artistic quality with influences of the Italian and German Renaissance depicting scenes of the life and martyrdom of Saint John, the author of the Apocalypse and patron saint of the church.